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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Korean War

1-930296 S & T # 296: Korean War Battles Korean War Battles is an operational-level simulation of three engagements in 1950: the holding action at the Pusan Perimeter (August - September), the invasion at Inchon and subsequent battle to retake Seoul (September), and the withdrawal from the area of the Chosin Reservoir (December).

The games all two-player, but are easily adaptable for solitaire. The time and space scales vary from game to game, and units of maneuver are battalions, regiments and brigades, with occasional divisional-sized ones in some scenarios.

Components: Rules, one 22x34-inch mapsheet containing three sub-maps (hex), and 280 die-cut half-inch NATO-style counters. Magazine included. 1 vol, 84 pgs 2015 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-softcover, available mid October 2015 ......$35.00 with a discount of 10%

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1-DG1716 MIG ALLEY: Air War Over Korea 1951 MiG Alley is a two-player game covering the air battles over North Korea in 1951. One player controls the UN forces and must carry out a series of bombing raids to knock out key targets in North Korea. The other player controls the communist forces, including masses of the new MiG-15 jet fighters, and attempts to inflict prohibitive losses on the UN.

The game uses the Air Wars series rules. Aircraft are rated according to historical type. Fuel consumption is factored into the plane types, so a player must manage the available forces to ensure enough combat power is ready when needed. Each player has a unique set of campaign cards generating movement, combat bonuses, historical events, and reinforcements. Playing the right card at the right time is crucial to winning. Level: Air Group.

Game Contents:
* 11x17-inch map
* 40 die-cut counters
* 18 mini cards
* Scenario Instructions
* Four page rule booklet 1 vol, 4 pgs 2015 CA, DECISION GAMES
NEW-softcover, available early December 2015 ......$13.00 with a discount of 10% rct

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1-51690 anon KOREA 1950 8.5x11, the value of this book are the great b/wphotos, covers the first six months of the war. 1 vol, 282 pgs 1989 WASHINGTON, U.S. PRINTING
GOOD-pb ......$18.00

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1-51710 anon KOREA 1951-53 8.5x11, the value of this book are the great b/w 1 vol, 328 pgs 1989 DC, U.S. PRINTING OFFICE
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1-201860 Chinnery, Philip KOREA: The Ground War from Both Sides - Images of War Series The Korean War opened with the invasion of South Korea by the North Koreans in June 1950. This superbly illustrated book traces the fluctuating fortunes of war from both sides. The South Koreans were saved from defeat by the arrival of the American and UN forces under General MacArthur but the success of his offensive brought in the Chinese who undetected by the Allies, counter-attacked with over a quarter of a million men of the Peoples Volunteer Army. Once again the Allies fell back and a stalemate developed. No peace treaty was ever signed.

The story is well told in photographs, captions and text. Many of the images portray the brutal nature of the war, where neither POWs nor civilians were safe. 250 b/w photos. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2013 UK, PEN AND SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late May 2013 ......$25.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-211800 Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey THE FROZEN CHOSEN: The 1st Marine Division and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir The Frozen Chosen is an account of the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by the First Marine Division from November to December 1950, following the intervention of Red China in the Korean War. Fought during the worst blizzard in a century, it is considered by the United States Marine Corps to be 'the Corps' finest hour' with 14 Medals of Honor, a record for any American battle, and 85 Navy Crosses -- many awarded in lieu of an original nomination for the Medal of Honor -- attest to the intensity of the battle.

Based on first-person interviews from surviving veterans who came to be known as the 'Frozen Chosen,' this is the incredible story of heroism and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, as a handful of Marines fought desperately against wave after wave of Chinese forces. Sometimes forced into desperate hand-to-hand fighting in intense cold, cut off from reinforcements, and with dwindling supplies and ammunition, the fighting retreat from Chosin marked one of the darkest moments for Western forces in Korea, it but would go on to resonate with generations of Marines as a symbol of the Marine Corps' dogged determination, fighting skill, and never-say-die attitude on the battlefield. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2016 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-dj ......$28.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-199490 Estes, Kenneth INTO THE BREACH AT PUSAN: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in the Korean War In the opening campaign of the Korean War, the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade participated in a massive effort by United States and South Korean forces in 1950 to turn back the North Korean invasion of the Republic of Korea. The brigade's actions loom large in marine lore. According to most accounts, traditional Marine Corps discipline, training, and fighting spirit saved the day as the marines rescued an unprepared US 8th Army, which had been pushed back to the 'Pusan Perimeter' at the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. Historian and retired Marine Kenneth W. Estes undertakes a fresh investigation of the marines' and Eighth Army's fight for Pusan. Into the Breach at Pusan corrects discrepancies in earlier works (including the official histories) to offer a detailed account of the campaign and place it in historical context.

Drawing on combat records, command reports, and biographical materials, Estes describes the mobilization, organization, and operations of 1st Brigade during the first three months of American participation in the Korean War. Focusing on the battalions, companies, and platoons that faced the hardened soldiers of the North Korean army, he brings the reader directly to the battlefield. The story he reveals there, woven with the voices of soldiers and officers, is one of cooperation rather than interservice rivalry. At the same time, he clarifies differences in the organizational cultures of the US Army and the Marine Corps.

Into the Breach at Pusan is scrupulously fair to both the army and the marines. Estes sets the record straight in crediting the 8th Army with saving itself during the Pusan Perimeter campaign, but he also affirms that the army's suffering would have been much greater without the crucial, timely performance of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade. 1 vol, 216 pgs 2012 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-205620 Li, Xiaobing CHINA'S BATTLES FOR KOREA-The 1951 Spring Offensive Between November 1950 and the end of fighting in June 1953, China launched six major offensives against UN forces in Korea. The most important of these began on April 22, 1951, and was the largest Communist military operation of the war. The UN forces put up a strong defense, prevented the capture of the South Korean capital of Seoul, and finally pushed the Chinese back above the 38th parallel.

After China's defeat in this epic five-week battle, Mao Zedong and the Chinese leadership became willing to conclude the war short of total victory. China's Battle for Korea offers new perspectives on Chinese decision making, planning, and execution; the roles of command, political control, and technology; and the interaction between Beijing, Pyongyang, and Moscow, while providing valuable insight into Chinese military doctrine and the reasons for the UN's military success. Includes b/w illustrations and maps. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2014 US, INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
NEW-dj ......$35.00

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1-205610 MacKenzie, S.P. THE IMJIN AND KAPYONG BATTLES: Korea, 1951 The sacrifice of the 'Glorious Glosters' in defense of the Imjin River line and the hilltop fights of Australian and Canadian battalions in the Kapyong Valley have achieved greater renown in those nations than any other military action since World War II.

This book is the first to compare in depth what happened and why. Using official and unofficial source material ranging from personal interviews to war diaries, this study seeks to disentangle the mythology surrounding both battles and explain why events unfolded as they did. Based on thorough familiarity with all available sources, many not previously utilized, it sheds new light on fighting 'the forgotten war.' 1 vol, 312 pgs 2013 US, INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
NEW-dj ......$35.00

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1-78170 Marshall, S.L.A. COMMENTARY IN INFANTRY OPERATIONS/WEAPONS IN KOREA 8.5x11, declassified in 1998 this US Army document discusses General Marshall's observations of weapons usage and effectiveness during the winter of 1950-51. 1 vol, 124 pgs 2004 US, NAFZIGER COLLLECTION
NEW-softcover ......$20.00

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1-208640 Millett, Allan R. THE WAR FOR KOREA 1945-1950: A House Burning Reveals that the Korean War actually began with partisan clashes two years earlier and had roots in the political history of Korea under Japanese rule, 1910-1945.

The first in a new two-volume history of the Korean War offers a comprehensive account of its causes and early military operations. Millett traces the war's origins to the post-liberation conflict between two revolutionary movements, the Marxist-Leninists and the Nationalist-capitalists.

With the US-Soviet partition of Korea following World War II, each movement, now with foreign patrons, asserted its right to govern the peninsula, leading directly to the guerrilla warfare and terrorism in which more than 30,000 Koreans died. Civil strife, fought mostly in the South, was not so much the cause of the Korean War as its actual beginning.

Millett describes two revolutions locked in irreconcilable conflict, offering an even-handed treatment of both Communists and capitalists-nationalists. Neither movement was a model of democracy. He includes Korean, Chinese, and Russian perspectives on this era, provides the most complete account of the formation of the South Korean army, and offers new interpretations of the US occupation of Korea, 1945-1948. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2014 US, UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS
NEW-softcover, available mid June 2015 ......$28.00

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1-197370 Parritt, Brigadier Brian CHINESE HORDES AND HUMAN WAVES: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953 The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbors shocked and surprised the World. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United States and United Nations on the other.

The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes first hand what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off massed attacks by the Communists. Few outside the war zone realized just how horrific conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, Parritt is well placed to analyze why the Commonwealth got involved, the mistakes and successes and the extreme risk that the war represented. This is not only a fine memoir but a unique insight into a forgotten war. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2011 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available early January 2012 ......$40.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-207450 Parritt, Brigadier Brian CBE CNI CHINESE HORDES AND HUMAN WAVES: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953 The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbors shocked and surprised the World. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United States and United Nations on the other.

The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes first hand what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off massed attacks by the Communists. Few outside the war zone realized just how horrific conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, Parritt is well placed to analyze why the Commonwealth got involved, the mistakes and successes and the extreme risk that the war represented.

This is not only a fine memoir but a unique insight into a forgotten war. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2014 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late January 2015 ......$25.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-190590 Posey, Edward L. ALL-BLACK RANGERS:US Army's First, Last, and only The 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War 1950-1951. The Company's life span was just 10 months, including seven months in Korea. B/W photos and maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 336 pgs 2008 US, SAVAS BEATIE
NEW-dj ......$33.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-69450 Rottman, Gordon KOREAN WAR ORDER OF BATTLE Unit backgrounds, organization, insignia, weapons,period of service, casualties for US, UN andCommunist Ground, Naval & Air Force 1950-1953. 1 vol, 1224 pgs 2002 WESTPORT, PRAEGER PUBS
NEW-dj ......$95.00

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1-51680 Stanto, Shelby L. AMERICA'S TENTH LEGION:X Corps in Korea, 1950 An account of MacArthur's loyal instrument, testedat Inchon/Seoul and Northern Korea, biblio, index. 1 vol, 342 pgs 1898 NOVATO, PRESIDIO PRESS
GOOD-dj ......$12.00

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1-200840 Tucker-Jones, Anthony ARMOURED WARFARE IN THE KOREAN WAR: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives - Images of War Series Part of the IMAGES OF WAR series. 200 b/w illustrations selected to show Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, and British Cromwells and Centurions in action during the Korean War of 1950-53.

Korea, with its rugged mountains, narrow passes, steep valleys and waterlogged fields was not ideal tank country so the armor mainly supported the infantry and rarely engaged in battles of maneuver. Yet the wide variety of armor supporting UN and North Korean forces played a vital if unorthodox role in the swiftly moving campaigns. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2013 UK, PEN AND SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late February 2013 ......$30.00 with a discount of 15%

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